European Cruise Travel Diary

Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I spent two weeks traveling around Europe by boat—something neither of us had ever done before! Alongside several of his family members, we boarded the boat in Marseille, France and made our way all the way up to London, England.

As you can imagine, we stopped in some beautiful coastal cities along the way and I will be sharing travel diaries for the ones that we spent full days (or more!) in: Barcelona, Lisbon, and London. Stay tuned over the next week as those posts go live and feel free to ask any questions about my cruise experience in the comments below.

Toiletry Talk

Let’s talk toiletries, shall we? Since I love beauty and skincare and pretty much always think that I am sick, I have quite the collection of toiletries. Though as I’m sure you know by now, my bathroom is teeny tiny. As such, I have to be incredibly diligent about going through my toiletries just and clean out the old in order to bring in the new.

Even if you have all the space in the world however, I’d still recommend making it a point to review your toiletries every couple of months. You’d be surprised what can pile up in the back of the cabinet when you’re not looking! Here’s how I tend to my toiletries:

Check Dates: Because we often forget when we bought that bottle of Advil, it’s always a good idea to check the dates to see what is past its prime.

Check Quality: Even if something passes the above test and has not yet reached its expiration date, I still like to do a quality test. By this, I mean that I will inspect the item to make sure it still feels and looks as good as the day I bought it. If my nail polish color is hardening and drying out, for instance, I’ll go ahead and toss it. Combine Bottles: Maybe it’s just me, but I always seem to find duplicates in my toiletry collection. When possible, I like to combine these duplicates together to make for more space.

Throw Away Excess: When cleaning out my medicine cabinet, I’m also searching for items that I simply haven’t touched in many months. If I haven’t reached for a moisturizer in a while and didn’t like the way it made my skin feel, for example, then I’ll get rid of it.Are you ready to give your own toiletries an inspection? I hope so!

Sweet Tooth: Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m officially back from Europe, and I’m excited to be coming back to the blog on such a sweet note (get it?). Since we just got back from Europe yesterday, I’ve been spending my time getting life organized again and swinging back into my routine. Somehow though, I managed to find an hour in the kitchen to whip up something delicious—enter: peanut butter cookies.

I followed this recipe and loved how creamy and yummy they turned out. Hope you enjoy! P.S. For more sweet tooth posts, click here.